Fall is officially here and I’m starting to see pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Today I’m going to show you how to make some easy-peasy fabric pumpkins. For me, the beauty of using fabric (besides the fact that I just plain love it) is that it comes in such a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. This is also a great project to use upcycled pieces, like the sweater I used to make the blue pumpkin shown here.
Wanna make some for yourself? Here’s how I did it:
Check out this fabric I found at a thrift store. I got @2 yards for something like $2! I just used some to make something for a friend and I thought it would make a sharp looking pumpkin.
After this step, stuff gathered fabric with polyfil or fabric scraps. Hot glue around base of stem, insert into the opening of the pumpkin, and pull thread taut. At this point I made a couple of tiny stitches to hold into place as well, then was able to snip my thread.
So, I’ve seen these all over other blogs lately and decided to try one out for myself. Let me tell ya, these little felt rosettes are just about addictive! They’re so cute and so easy to make it’s just about ridiculous. I’m not a big wreath maker, but once I finished this one, I totally wanted to try another. I guess I’m just wired that way!
If you don’t know how to do felt rosettes, I’ll show you how using this pumpkin orange color. This is from an actual orange wool skirt from Goodwill that I felted last year.
First step-Cut felt into a circle shape and then cut a pinwheel into it.
Next, roll it up starting from the outside. Make sure it remains flat on the bottom side.
This is what a finished one looks like, from the top and from the bottom. Notice that I used the end “flap” portion to anchor the bottom of the rose. Hot glue this in place. Repeat this same process for all your roses, varying some of the sizes.
Since I wanted a burlap wreath base, I took strips of burlap (@5-6″ wide), folded them in half lengthwise, and wrapped them around a foam wreath form. Hot glue each end into place and make sure you overlap each one just a bit for good coverage.
See this retro-y looking piece of linen fabric? I picked it up in the form of another skirt at Goodwill and hadn’t found a good use for it yet. Well, I finally found a use for it–yes!! I used it to make the hanger for my wreath and another pinwheel type embellishment. Notice it has the same color orange in it, plus teal. So, I decided to make teal colored felt roses to go with. I know, probably not the color combo that everyone would exactly love, but I had read that it is a fall trend for this year. Honestly, I was feelin’ a little risky putting these colors together, but I actually dig the results.
Since I was on a roll, I made another wreath using a grapevine one. For this one, I tried out another method for my flowers using different fabrics and burlap. I didn’t take any pictures of how I made them, just kind of rolled and wrapped them into rose shapes.
For these roses, I used burlap, cotton, felt, and pieces of a gray cashmere sweater that I had upcycled. I liked the color combo of this one as well. So now I’m curious, which wreath do you like better and why?